Description : This book examines the seventeenth-century project for a "real" or "universal" character: a scientific and objective code. Focusing on the Essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language (1668) of the polymath John Wilkins, Fleming provides a detailed explanation of how a real character actually was supposed to work. He argues that the period movement should not be understood as a curious episode in the history of language, but as an illuminating avatar of information technology. A non-oral code, supposedly amounting to a script of things, the character was to support scientific discourse through a universal database, in alignment with cosmic truths. In all these ways, J.D. Fleming argues, the world of the character bears phenomenological comparison to the world of modern digital information—what has been called the infosphere.
Description : Works of the Right Reverend John Wilkins' (1708). Together with an abstract of Dr. Wilkin's 'Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Languages, ' a sketch of the life of the author and an account of his writings. With an introductory essay on the Universal Language Movement in England, France and Germany in the 17th and 18th century by Brigitte Asbach-Schnitker.
Description : John Wilkins's masterpiece; An Essay Towards a Real Character and A Philosophical Language, is a key text in the history of language. Ready for publication in January 1666 but destroyed by the Great Fire, the work finally published in 1668 is Wilkins's attempt at creating a universal language.
An Essay towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language (London, 1668) is the best-remembered of the numerous works of John Wilkins, in which he expounds a new universal language, meant primarily to facilitate international communication among scholars, but envisioned for use by diplomats, travelers, and merchants as well. Unlike many universal language schemes of the period, it was meant merely as an auxiliary to—not a replacement of—existing natural languages.
AN ESSAY Towards a REAL CHARACTER, And a PHILOSOPHICAL LANGUAGE.
An essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language by John Wilkins ...
Wilkins, John, 1614-1672., Wilkins, John, 1614-1672. Alphabetical dictionary.
London: Printed for Sa. Gellibrand, and for John Martyn ..., 1668.
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An essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language
An Essay towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language (London, 1668) is the best-remembered of the numerous works of , in which he expounds a new , meant primarily to facilitate international communication among scholars, but envisioned for use by diplomats, travelers, and merchants as well. Unlike many universal language schemes, it was meant merely as an auxiliary to — not a replacement of — existing "natural" languages.
An Essay Towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language
Wilkins, John, 1614-1672.
An essay towards a real character, and a philosophical language. By John Wilkins D.D. Dean of Ripon, and Fellow of the Royal Society.
London : printed for Sa: Gellibrand, and for John Martyn printer to the Royal Society, 1668.
An Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language …...and Somers 1992). Nevertheless, their attempts remained only on a theoretical level such as the interlingua elaborated by Wilkins in his "Essay towards a Real Character and a Philosophical Language" (=-=Wilkins 1668-=-). At the end of the 19th century and the beginning of the 20th century, several proposals of creating a universal language (Esperanto 1887, Interlingua 1903) have been made to overcome the translatio...
Essay towards a real character Please try again later Compare & Contrast Essay: The Role of Women in Ancient Athens. Calpurnia Character Analysis In many All American novels it is important to have both dynamic and static characters"In [John Wilkins's] "Essay Towards a Real Character, and a Philosophical Language," from 1668, Wilkins laid out a sprawling taxonomic tree that was intended to represent a rational classification of every concept, thing, and action in the universe. Each branch along the tree corresponded to a letter or a syllable, so that assembling a word was simply a matter of tracing a set of forking limbs until you'd arrived on a distant tendril representing the concept you wanted to express. For example, in Wilkins's system, De signifies an element, Deb is fire, and Deba is a flame.
The natural philosopher Robert Hooke was so impressed with Wilkins's language that he published a discourse on pocket watches in it, and proposed it be made the lingua franca of scientific research. That never happened. The language was simply too burdensome, and it soon vanished into obscurity. But Wilkins taxonomic-classification scheme, which organized words by meaning rather than alphabetically, was not entirely without use: it was a predecessor of the first modern thesaurus."
Joshua Foer. New Yorker Magazine, Dec. 24 & 31, 2012, p.88.